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I was the coordinator of master course The Urban (Re)development Game, integrating planning, design and property development during 2007-2020. I currently coordinate Honor program Bachelore Business Case reuse and Course Metropolitan Solution in the MADE master program in AMS institute in Amsterdam, a joint master program from TU Delft and Wageningen University. I currently teach in The Urban and Infrastructure Redevelopment Game and Research Method I in MBE master track. I also act as supervisor for master students, Honor program master students and PhD students.

Key projects

Mega-event strategy, urban transformation and the rise of Beijing as an Olympic city, together with Marjolein Spaans, Lei Qu, fund received from Sustainable Urban Area, 2007-2010

Mega event strategy and sustainable transformation of host cities: the case of Guangzhou , travel grant, funded by SCUT-TU Delft Research Centre on Urban Systems & Environment, 2012-2013

Urban Knowlesdge Network Asia, funded by FP7 Framework, MARIE CURIE ACTIONS, International Research Staff Exchange Scheme, 2012-2016

Smart sustainable resilient eco low carbon knowledge cities in urban deltas, funded by DIMI, TU Delft, 2015-2016

Key publication

Chen, Y. (2022) The future of mega events, post-COVID-19 pandemic: the resilient path towards legacy creation? International Review for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development, 10(2), pp.168-178,

Chen, Y. (2020) Financialising urban redevelopment: transforming Shanghai's waterfront, Land Use Policy,

Chen, Y. and Qu, L. (2020) Emerging participative approaches for urban regeneration in Chinese megacities, Journal of Urban Planning and Development, 146 (1),

Chen, Y., Daamen, T., Heurkens, E.W.T.M., Verheul, W.J. (2020) Interdisciplinary learning and practice-theory integration: experiences from urban development management education in the Netherlands, Journal of Technology and Design Education, 30(5), pp. 919-936,

Qu, L., Chen, Y., Rooij, R., de Jong, P. (2020) Cultivating the next generation designers: group work in urban and regional design education. JOurnal of Technology and Design Education, 30 (5), pp. 899-918,

De Jong, M., Chen, Y., JOss, S., Lu, H., Zhao, M., Yang, Q, Zhang, C. (2018) Explaining city branding practices in China's three megacity regions: the role of ecological modernization, Journal of Cleaner Production, 179, pp. 527-543,

Lu, Y., de Jong and Chen, Y. (2017) Economic City Branding in China: the Multi-level governance of Municipal self-promotion in the Greater Pearl River Delta, Sustainability, 9, 496 (Online: doi:10.3390/su9040496)

Chen, Y. (2015) Legacy creation strategy in Olympic cities: the path towards sustainable development?, International review for spatial planning and sustainable development, 3 (1), pp.74-87, (online: DOI:

Chen, Y. (2013) Neo-liberal inspired large-scale urban development projects (UrDPs) in Chinese cities,  Leary, M. and McCarthy, J. (eds) The Routledge Companion to Urban Regeneration, Routledge: London and New York, pp. 77-87

Chen, Y. , Qu, L. & Spaans, M. (2013) Framing the Long-Term Impact of Mega-Event Strategies on the Development of Olympic Host Cities, Planning Practice & Research, 28 (3), pp 340-359 (online: DOI:10.1080/02697459.2013.750072)

Chen, Y. (2012) Making Shanghai a creative city: exploring the creative cluster strategy from a Chinese perspective,  in: M.  van Geenhuizen and P. Nijkamp (eds.), Creative knowledge cities: Myth, visions and realities, Edward Elgar: Northampton, chapter 17, pp.437-464.

Chen, Y. (2012) Beijing: Beyond the Olympic City, Real estate Research Quarterly, December, pp. 22-29.

Chen, Y. and Hu, H. (2012) Shanghai, in W. Ma and M. Camona (eds.) Global Research on Urban Planning and Development, II Beijing: China Construction Press, pp. 146-162

Chen, Y & Hu, H (2009). Shanghai - China. In: MI Carmona, RD Burgess & MS Badenhorst (Eds.), Planning through Projects: Moving from master planning to strategic planning - 30 cities, Amsterdam: Technepress, pp. 445-458.

Chen, Y., Lei, Q. & Rooij, RM (2009). Realizing Olympic Games in the Netherlands. In: L Calabrese, A ten Doeschate, A Geenen, D Hauptmann, J Heintz & U Knaack (Eds.), The Architecture Annual 2007 - 2008. Delft University of Technology Rotterdam, 010 Publishers, pp. 60-65.

Chen, Y. (2007) Shanghai Pudong. Urban development in an era of global-local interaction. Amsterdam: IOS Press.

Research interests

Development of urban strategies of cities in transition to post-industrial knowledge-intensive economy, with special attention to the multi-scalar dynamics within strategic mega projects in European and Asian metropolitans.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

University Teaching Certificate, Delft University of Technology

Award Date: 15 Dec 2015


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